Te Huka Junior Learning Community Term 4 Letter

Dear Parents and Whanau,

Welcome to the beginning of another exciting term.  We hope you all enjoyed the break with your families and friends.  To our new families, welcome to Wairakei Primary School.   We are sure you will enjoy the transition of your child from pre-school to the school environment.

Here is a brief outline of our classroom expectations and what we will be covering this term in Room 8, 9 & 13.

Class organisation

Our Te Huka junior learning community will continue to be based around a collaborative open plan classroom in Rooms 8 and 13 with the older children in Room 9 at the back of the hall with Helen Dredge. This term the children in Room 8 & 13 will enjoy the benefit of three teachers who will work as a close team to meet the learning and social needs of your child.  Tracey O’Sullivan will be joining Mandy Woodcock and Jenny Brown.  Tracey O’Sullivan will run the “Steaming into School” programme on Wednesday afternoon so Melanie Matthews will support the classroom teachers during this time.  Maree will continue to support Room 8 & 13 as a teacher aide for Term 4.


Our school polo shirt is compulsory at Wairakei Primary School. School Hoodies can be ordered from the office.  For your benefit please make sure all clothing is named clearly. Also the weather is warming up so children will need to wear their named school hat every day. The rule is no hat, no playing outside.

Rules and expectations

Students are expected to manage their behaviour and follow our school vision of P.O.W.E.R. P-ride, O-pportunity, W-hanau, E-xcellence and R-espect.  We will be revisiting these values and talking about what these mean to us throughout the classroom programme.


This term we will be focusing on Functions during inquiry time.  We will be investigating  the design and purpose of different household appliances.

Physical Education

This term our PE focus will be on ball skills both learning and practicing skills required for many of the Summer Sports including cricket, T-Ball, touch rugby etc.  We will also be continuing to improve our stamina through daily fitness sessions.

Brain break and Drinks

For children new to our class we have a daily brain break in class to allow children to “fuel their bodies for learning” so all children need to bring fruit each day in their lunchboxes.  This is also a great opportunity for us to talk to them about healthy eating. They also need a named drink bottle filled with water that they can leave at school to help them stay hydrated.


Discovery is a "hands on" activity based programme which will be held on Fridays from 11.30-1.00pm in the Junior School where students can be in control of their own learning. All activities focus on strengthening students’ problem solving skills, creativity and self-management. If you have any skills or interests you would like to share with students please talk to your classroom teacher and we would love to include you in our discovery programme. These might include activities like flax weaving, carpentry, sewing crafts and sports.


For children new to our class in your child’s bookbag we have enclosed a homelink book which provides valuable information on literacy/numeracy standards and some fun ways that you can help support your child’s learning.  Each night we will send home a book for them to read as well as sounds/basic sight words for them to practice.  

Library day

Room 8 & 9 library time will be continue to be on Tuesday and Room 13 library day will be on Thursday.  Please ensure your child returns their library book each week so they get the chance to change them.  

Upcoming events

  • Friday November 4, 2016 - Floral art morning
  • Saturday November 5, 2016 – Pet Day
  • Week 10 School reports go home
  • December 14, 2016 End of Year Assembly

Don’t forget to look out for other important dates in the school newsletter which comes home every week on a Tuesday afternoon.  Log-onto Mail Chimp on the contacts page of the school website to receive a digital copy of the school newsletter.

We hope this letter has been an informative introduction to our class. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to meet to discuss any aspect of your child’s learning.  We look forward to starting this special journey to school with you and your child.

Kind regards

Tracey O’Sullivan, Helen Dredge, Mandy Woodcock and Jenny Brown Room 8, 9 & 13


Tracey O’Sullivan

Helen Dredge

Mandy Woodcock

Jenny Brown

Phone 07 374 8035  

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